Bob grew up in Cleveland so he understands the angst of the underdog. Much like the Seattle sports fan, hes been waiting decades for any kind of title for the hometown team.
But he has covered a few champions in his 34-year newspaper career through Cleveland, Mansfield (Ohio), Tucson and San Francisco. He covered the 49ers Super Bowl titles in 1981 and 85. For the past 25 years, hes been in Seattle, including 20 years in the sports department at The Seattle Times. He worked the Mariners beat in the summer and University of Washington mens basketball in the winter. He also spent a couple of years on the Sonics, including 1996 when they met Michael Jordans Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. He has chronicled a wide variety of sports: The old Bing Crosby Clambake at Pebble Beach, the 1998 PGA at Sahalee, Olympic Games, World Series, Final Fours, Indy 500 and the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo.
He left the Times in 2005 to devote more time to breaking 80 on the golf course. That hasnt worked out. He also has a free-lance career that includes three best-selling books on Ichiro for the Japanese market, three unsold and under-appreciated screenplays as well as more than three dozen articles for the New York Times. He and his wife live in Sammamish and have four children and three grandchildren.